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University of Maine at Farmington Student to Study in Ireland as 2010 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholar


Allen Berger, Sebastian Jackson and Lynne Eustis

Sebastian Jackson (center), UMF sophomore, is awarded 2010 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship by Allen Berger (left), UMF provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Lynne Eustis (right), UMF assistant director for international and exchange programs. (UMF Photo)


FARMINGTON, ME (June 15, 2010)–University of Maine at Farmington student Sebastian Jackson, a sophomore majoring in history, has been named a 2010 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholar. Jackson was honored at a ceremony recently held on the UMF campus, receiving one of only two, one-semester George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarships awarded annually by the University of Maine System.

Selected for the competitive scholarship based upon his strong academic ability, commitment to community service and exceptional leadership skills, Jackson, of Bingham, will attend the University of Cork, in Ireland, in the upcoming 2010 fall semester. During that time, all academic fees will be waived, and he will receive free tuition, room and board and a $1,000 travel stipend.

“UMF is proud to recognize Sebastian as its sixth George J. Mitchell Peace Scholar in seven years,” said Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president. “We are confident that he will make the most of this opportunity and serve as a great ambassador for UMF, Maine and the United States during his time in Ireland.”

An honor student at UMF, Jackson is involved with many academic, student life and service activities on campus. He was selected as a Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar in fall 2009 and has worked as an archaeology research assistant. He has served as a residence hall community assistant and has participated on campus as a member of the UMF service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the History Club, UMF’s Global Connections Club and is a former member of Amnesty International.

Jackson’s commitment to his community can be seen in his many volunteer activities. He works with a Hut Building Program for youth, as a youth soccer coach and is volunteering this summer with Model U.N.–where students step into the shoes of ambassadors from U.N. member states to debate current issues.

A native of the Netherlands where he lived for nearly 10 years, Jackson has traveled to numerous countries and has lived in a number of places across the United States. He has a passion for knowledge and learning and believes that studying and living among people from different cultures and countries will allow him to better understand the needs of the people of his community and will allow him to grow as a natural leader and community organizer.

The prestigious George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship was created in 1998 in tribute to Senator Mitchell for his work in helping to facilitate a peace accord between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and his lifelong devotion and commitment to public service. The Scholarship provides for the exchange of students between universities of Maine and public community colleges and Ireland.

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Media Contact: Lynne Eustis, UMF assistant director for international and exchange programs, 207-778-7122, leustis@maine.edu.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://www.umf.maine.edu/campus/docs/RP090-062.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption: Sebastian Jackson (center), UMF sophomore, is awarded 2010 George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship by Allen Berger (left), UMF provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Lynne Eustis (right), UMF assistant director for international and exchange programs.